Pentagon Papers to Become Declassified

Marking the 40th anniversary of their leak to the press, the U.S. Government plans to declassify the Pentagon Papers, a top secret study outlining the history of the US’ political-military involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1967.

In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg shared copies of these documents with the New York Times, which then published a series of articles based on the secret study. These articles revealed that the Papers “demonstrated, among other things, that the Johnson Administration had systematically lied, not only to the public but also to Congress, about a subject of transcendent national interest and significance”. It was the WikiLeaks of the time.

Even though the Pentagon Papers have been published in many forms over the years, it is believed that many of the “printed” texts may have been incomplete. On Monday, for the first time, all 7000 pages (in 47 volumes) will be released and the study can finally be read in its original form.

The materials will be available online at http://www.archives.gov/research/pentagon-papers/ on Monday, June 13, at 12 noon EDT.

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About rcampagna
I am the Government Documents librarian at Brooklyn Law School Library.

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